Lack Of Forage May Lead To Wood Chewing

It’s not uncommon to see horses chewing on wood, whether its fenceposts or boards in their fields or the side of their stall walls. Wood chewing can be a result of multiple things, including lack of forage. If a horse that is used to being turned out on pasture suddenly has his routine changed and is experiencing limited turnout, he may be chewing wood to make up for his lack of grazing time, reports The Horse.

A horse turned out even on sparse pasture is ingesting more forage than many people realize. Even if the horse is an easy keeper, it’s important to make up for this downturn in grazing with additional forage. This additional option need not be much—sometimes even half a flake of additional hay will do. A small increase in hay while pasture access is removed or limited shouldn’t increase a horse’s weight too drastically.

Additionally, lower-quality hay should be used as it will reduce the risk of weight gain. Slow feeders can also be used to offer the horse more grazing time without offering additional calories.

If increasing the horse’s hay intake does cause weight gain, reconsidering the grain or concentrate that’s being fed may be in order. It may be possible to replace the grain with forage and a ration balancer, which typically as fewer calories that equine feed.

Read more at The Horse.

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